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Koch, Robert; Kucsera, John; Angus, Kathryn Bartle; Norman, Kimberly; Bowers, Erica; Nair, Pradeep; Moon, Hye Sun; Karimi, Afshin; Barua, Susamma – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Academic programs targeted for first-time students can help their persistence in STEM majors. Our project, ASCEND STEM, included three first-year experiences (FYEs) designed to offer students the skills that would help them successfully traverse potential barriers to academic success. In the FYEs, we sought to strengthen the learning power,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), College Freshmen, Science Process Skills
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McColgan, Michele W.; Colesante, Robert J.; Andrade, Albert G. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
The goal of this study was to determine whether a game-based immersion experience in an introductory undergraduate course in education had an impact on pre-service teachers' skills, beliefs, and confidence using games for teaching academic content. 55 pre-service secondary-education teachers participated in the study. Their first course in the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Games
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Gupta, Anju; Hill, Nicole; Valenzuela, Patricia; Johnson, Eric – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Recruiting students in STEM majors to fill the gap in STEM workforce is a continued challenge, which can be addressed by introducing scientific principles through hand-on activities to the students at an early stage. This paper presents the design, implementation and assessment of a chemistry-related workshop for sixth grade students that were…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Grade 6, Scientific Concepts
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Phelan, Shelley A.; Harding, Shannon M.; Harper-Leatherman, Amanda S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education) Camp is a hands-on, two-week residential summer science experience on the Fairfield University campus in Fairfield CT, USA. The annual program targets 24 young women who attend high school in the neighboring city of Bridgeport, CT, the most economically depressed city in CT. The camp, which is free to…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Science Education, Resident Camp Programs, Summer Programs
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Katsioloudis, Petros J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Temperature can influence thermal comfort, working performance, and social behavior. In a classroom that is slightly cool, an assumption can be made that learning could be affected in a negative way. Considering this, a quasi-experimental study was done to determine if a significant difference of effective temperature have an effect on students':…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technology Education, Quasiexperimental Design, Classroom Environment
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Sundararajan, NarayanKripa; Adesope, Olusola; Cavagnetto, Andy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
To develop and nurture critical thinking, students must have opportunities to observe and practice critical thinking in the classroom. In this parallel mixed method classroom study, we investigate the role of collaborative concept mapping in the development of kindergarten learners' critical thinking skills of analysis and interpretation over a…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Concept Mapping, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking
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Kwon, Hyunkyung – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Researchers found that student-centered, technology-integrated learning environments help to produce students who are better able to think critically, solve problems, collaborate with others, and engage deeply in the learning process. Understanding the impact of technology and finding the best ways to integrate technology into the classroom is…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Computer Software, Design
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Henslee, Amber M.; Klein, Brandi A. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
The objective of this study was to investigate whether brief guided imagery could provide a short-term reduction in math anxiety and improve math performance. Undergraduates (N = 581) were screened for math anxiety, and the highest and lowest quartiles were recruited to participate in a lab-based study. Participants were assigned to a brief guided…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Stress Management
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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James P.; Marx, Donna; Donaldson, Christopher W.; Black, Alicia – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The purpose of this teacher research study is to ascertain students' interest in STEM and beliefs about STEM before and after STEM specific instruction, explore possible differences in STEM self-efficacy by gender, and explore differences in STEM self-efficacy by group role. Our primary data sources include a modified attitudinal survey and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Student Attitudes
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Li, Xuesong; Van Wie, Bernard J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The difficulty in covering chemical engineering concepts using traditional lectures and whiteboard teaching approaches means today's students' learning demands are unfulfilled, so alternate methods are needed. Desktop learning modules (DLMs) are designed to show industrial fluid flow and heat transfer concepts in a standard classroom so students…
Descriptors: Heat, Mechanics (Physics), Chemical Engineering, Experimental Groups
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Nair, Priya; Ankeny, Casey J.; Ryan, Justin; Okcay, Murat; Frakes, David H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
We investigated the use of a new system, HemoFlow™, which utilizes state of the art technologies such as particle image velocimetry to test endovascular devices as part of an undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum. Students deployed an endovascular stent into an anatomical model of a cerebral aneurysm and measured intra-aneurysmal flow…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Biomedicine, Undergraduate Students, Pretests Posttests
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Dubriwny, Nicholas; Pritchett, Nathan; Hardesty, Michelle; Hellman, Chan M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Student self-confidence is important to any attempt to increase interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. This study presents a longitudinal examination of Fab Lab Tulsa's impact on attitude and self-efficacy toward STEM education among middle-school aged students. Paired samples t-test showed a…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Correlation, Scientific Attitudes
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Kassaee, Ameneh Mahrou; Rowell, Ginger Holmes – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Researchers have confirmed that students' motivation is one of the most important factors educators can target to improve learning (Williams & Williams, 2011). This study explored the role which student's motivation played in the retention of first-time, full-time freshman (FTFTF) STEM majors at University (U) (blinded). Student motivational…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Intervention, STEM Education, Student Motivation
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Quagliata, Andrew B. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
STEM education is argued as an essential ingredient in preparing our children for careers of the future. This study describes a university festival that includes the promotion of STEM-related career interests in young people among its goals. A total of 203 participants between the age of 7 and 17 completed both pre-event and post-event surveys. In…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Interests, Pretests Posttests, Participant Satisfaction
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Estapa, Anne; Nadolny, Larysa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
The purpose of the study was to assess student achievement and motivation during a high school augmented reality mathematics activity focused on dimensional analysis. Included in this article is a review of the literature on the use of augmented reality in mathematics and the combination of print with augmented reality, also known as interactive…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, High School Students
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